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Strong Economy Draws Women into U.S. Labor Force
Wall Street Journal ^ | October 20, 2018 | Harriet Torry

Posted on 10/20/2018 6:38:49 AM PDT by reaganaut1

For most of the last two decades, the share of women participating in the U.S. labor force was in decline, puzzling demographers and economists since female participation was rising in many other developed economies.

Thanks to a strong economy, that long-running decline shows signs of reversing. Labor-force participation among prime-age U.S. women aged 25 to 54 has risen to 75.2% from 73.3% three years ago, as their unemployment rate dropped to the lowest level since the 1950s.

A plenitude of jobs and a gradual rise in wages is drawing women back into the labor force, including those at the low end of the skill spectrum. For female high-school dropouts aged 25 and over, participation has risen to 33.8% from 32.1% three years ago, even as participation for college grads stagnated.

Participation helps determine the pace of economic growth; when participation slows it means fewer workers to manage machines or wait tables and becomes a headwind to growth. In 2000, the U.S. had the highest female participation rate among large advanced economies. It has since dipped below the rate in Canada, Australia and the U.K., according to the World Bank. It rose in countries like Germany, Italy and Japan in the past 17 years while declining 3 percentage points in the U.S.

One reason was a decline in good-paying, middle-skilled jobs, created by technology and competition from abroad, said Robert Moffitt, an economist at Johns Hopkins University.

The long-running expansion and decline in unemployment is helping to reverse the trend, but headwinds persist. An aging population means more women are retiring, and a growing share of younger women is choosing college over work.

Structural headwinds to participation also stand in the way of a full reversal of the U.S. trend of the past two decades.

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TOPICS: Business/Economy; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: jobs; trumpeconomy; winning; women
Women don't need quotas and preferences to get ahead, they need a strong economy, which is the results of Republican policies.
1 posted on 10/20/2018 6:38:49 AM PDT by reaganaut1
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Gee, this implies that only when the labor market gets so tight that the choice is left betwee meth heads and women, employers will break down and hire women. Now I finally get why they want to import millions of illiterate foreingers

2 posted on 10/20/2018 6:46:43 AM PDT by dsrtsage (For Leftists, World History starts every day at breakfast)
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To: reaganaut1

Might have something to do with how ‘popular’ it is to get a divorce, but then realizing after the fact that the judge is really not going to make the ex still pay all the bills after all, and one has to support oneself.
Or it might have something to do with men becoming more and more reluctant to marry a non-working female or looking to postpone marriage until the mid-30s, and then, expecting the woman to have her own ‘stuff’ too. Since feminism constantly degrades men for being ‘providers’, and women for relying on husbands, men are starting to expect ‘working partners’ instead of wives.

3 posted on 10/20/2018 6:52:32 AM PDT by blueplum ( "...this moment is your moment: it belongs to you... " President Donald J. Trump, Jan 20, 2017)
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To: reaganaut1

MAGA is just now starting to spread wide across our fruited plane.
Lots of folks STILL need jobs, work and the dignity and self respect a productive life can engender. How can we let our citizens live on government handouts? MAGA is the big hand-up our citizens need; Take of of our citizens and they will take care of America.
~70 million of our fellow CITIZENS are out of the workforce.

Lots more to do.

Close the border.
Throw the illegals out.
Stop importing tech leeches.

America First is the way forward.

4 posted on 10/20/2018 6:52:37 AM PDT by Macoozie (Handcuffs and Orange Jumpsuits)
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To: Macoozie

Women entered the work force in droves starting in the early 70’s. Only the capitalist countries like this one could absorb them. There was no turning back for whatever reason. I think it has to do a lot with having a full life, not being dependent on the louse they married. Abortion availability didn’t’t help. Now they can think twice about who they marry but not about who they hop in the sack with.

5 posted on 10/20/2018 7:02:57 AM PDT by DIRTYSECRET (urope. Why do they put up with this.)
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To: reaganaut1

I’ve always been able to do the work of TEN, so when I retired, I ‘created’ 10 jobs for others. I’m doing my part.


6 posted on 10/20/2018 7:03:17 AM PDT by Diana in Wisconsin ( "Why can't you be more like Lloyd Braun?")
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To: reaganaut1

Sweet. None of this matters if the politicians don’t have a coherent message. Trump even mentioned the tax cuts last night and even seemed puzzled himself he’s Not mentioning it that much.

Sad thing is people won’t see the real benefits until April 2019, which was politically stupid considering it could have been passed the first few months of 2017. I remember Ryan repeating over and over we had to do Obamacare repeal first....idiot.

7 posted on 10/20/2018 7:30:14 AM PDT by ALX
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How long until we hear how Trump blocking the border is now causing American women to be forced to work. Children are being separated from their mommy’s? Man that guy is evil /s/

8 posted on 10/20/2018 7:42:37 AM PDT by MPJackal ("From my cold dead hands.")
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To: reaganaut1

Women have been in the workforce for decades. Not because they really wanted to work, but because the working man has been taxed to death.

And because they wanted to buy lots of shoes and handbags.

9 posted on 10/20/2018 7:45:08 AM PDT by unixfox (Abolish Slavery, Repeal the 16th Amendment)
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To: blueplum

Perceptive and interesting post.

10 posted on 10/20/2018 7:47:12 AM PDT by frank ballenger ("End vote fraud,noncitizens & illegals voting & leftist media news censorship or we're finished.)
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To: unixfox

Don’t forget the tattoos.

11 posted on 10/20/2018 7:47:36 AM PDT by DIRTYSECRET (urope. Why do they put up with this.)
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To: blueplum

A woman who is a wife and mother is a working woman, whether or not she also holds down a job.

12 posted on 10/20/2018 8:16:22 AM PDT by erkelly
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To: erkelly

The goal of the left is to have all women out of the home and paying taxes to support the state. They also want all the kiddies in government-run daycare and schools so they can be imdoctrinated from the youngest ages. Ladies, 100 years from now, the women who stay home to raise several children will have far more of an influence on the world and will be more remembered than all the female CEOs combined. The hand that rocks the cradle rules the world.

13 posted on 10/20/2018 8:40:45 AM PDT by Pining_4_TX (..Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you.. Joshua 1:9)
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